On Monday, January 4, 2021, Connie Kennedy passed away peacefully at the age of 92 years.
She will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her family, including her two sons Larry (Doris) Pepper and Wally (Monica) Strang; her grandchildren, Diane Strang, Owen Pepper and Adam Pepper; her great-grandchildren; her sisters Betty and Gail; her brother Len; and her closest friend Barb Ranch. She was predeceased by her husband Bill Kennedy, her mother Emma Beattie and her brother Elmer.
A woman of many firsts, her career began as the first woman salesperson at CFRN TV where she was mentored by Dr. Richard Rice whose words of wisdom were repeated by her often. That mentorship led her into the real estate business. Cutting her teeth with Weber Brothers, it did not take long for her to decide she wanted to run her own business. Founding Kennedy Realty in 1970 her “all girl real estate team” grew to be one of the largest real estate firms in Edmonton and they were well known for their red bellbottom or plaid pantsuits.
In 1982 she joined Re/Max Real Estate and found her true love was selling, not managing. Affectionately referred to by many as “The Condo Queen” She enjoyed working with other realtors immensely and especially with Darlene Strang her real estate partner for many years. Her awards were many including The Re/max Hall Of Fame, The Re/Max Circle of Legends, The Re/Max Chairman’s award and her most Cherished award, the Edmonton Real Estate Boards 2005 Realtor of the year. Despite the accolades and being ranked in the top 10 realtors for sales volume for more than 20 years running, she often said it was the friendships she developed with thousands of customers that meant the most to her. She truly loved people, and loved helping them with their real estate needs.
From the pride she took in her grandchildren, to her unwavering support of her entire family and the joy she showed when her peers were successful her life was dedicated to helping people and that is what she will be remembered for most.
Due to current COVID-19 travel restrictions a celebration of life will be held for friends and family in the spring of this year.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The TLC – Legacies Living On fund at the Norwood Palliative Hospice or to the Edmonton Mustard Seed Society. To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.
Published in the Edmonton Journal on January 9, 2021